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Course Descriptions

Level I (Introductory)

EL 010: Listening and Speaking I . . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: Enrollment based on placement test scores.

This Introductory level course provides instruction in basic academic listening and speaking skills. Students practice listening for main ideas and specific information, identifying stressed words and reductions, getting meaning from context, and speaking in many simple role-playing situation. (Students must possess a basic understanding of English to enter this course).

 

EL 011: Reading I . . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: Enrollment based on placement test scores.

This Introductory level course provides instruction in basic academic reading skills. Students practice identifying simple main ideas, classifying and organizing primary information, preparing short summaries, and using context clues to identify vocabulary meaning. (Students must possess a basic understanding of English to enter this course).

 

EL 012: Writing I . . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: Enrollment based on placement test scores.

This Introductory level course provides instruction in basic academic writing skills. Students practice writing simple topic sentences, placing written information in a logical order, using brainstorming and freewriting techniques to generate ideas, and creating short written outlines. (Students must possess a basic understanding of English to enter this course).

 

EL 013: Grammar I . . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: Enrollment based on placement test scores.

This Introductory level course provides instruction in basic grammar skills. It focuses on the simple, perfect, and continous verb tenses; active and passive voices; the use of articles, gerunds and infinitives; and various other basic grammatical structures. (Students must possess a basic understanding of English to enter this course).

Level II (Low-Intermediate)

EL 020: Listening and Speaking II . . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: EL 010 or appropriate score on placement test.

This Low-Intermediate to Intermediate level course builds upon the listening and speaking skills introduced in EL 010. Students practice listening to academic lectures, taking effective notes, using intonation to understand meaning, distinguishing between vocabulary words with similar pronunciation, and communicating through debate and discussion.

 

EL 021: Reading II . . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: EL 011 or appropriate score on placement test.

This Low-Intermediate to Intermediate level course builds upon the reading skills introduced in EL 011. Students practice scanning written material for important information, skimming for main ideas, predicting reading content, understanding conclusions, making inferences, distinguishing facts from opinions, and previewing vocabulary meaning.

 

EL 022: Writing II . . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: EL 012 or appropriate score on placement test.

This Low-Intermediate to Intermediate level course builds upon the writing skills introduced in EL 012. Students practice writing topic sentences of increased complexity, arranging written ideas in order of importance, editing and proofreading text for clarity, writing concluding sentences, adding details to a paragraph, and making comparisons.

 

EL 023: Grammar II . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: EL 013 or appropriate score on placement test.

This Low-Intermediate to Intermediate level course builds upon the grammar skills introduced in EL 013. It focuses on the perfect and progressive tenses, modals, phrasal verbs, compound and complex sentences, comparative and superlative adjective forms, adjective clauses, count and noncount nouns, and conditional sentences.

Level III (High Intermediate)

EL 030: American English Pronunciation . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation) 

Prerequisite: EL 020 or appropriate score on placement test.

This High-Intermediate level course builds upon the listening and speaking skills presented in EL 020. Students practice accurately pronouncing English words, using various spoken expressions, and phrases, discussing main ideas in conversations, using "tag" questions to ask for information, and inferring meaning from spoken context clues.

 

EL 031: Reading III . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: EL 021 or appropriate score on placement test.

This High-Intermediate level course builds upon the reading skills presented in EL 021. Students practice skimming and scanning written materials for information; defining vocabulary through the identification of word parts, such as synonyms, antonyms, and context clues; identifying supporting details; predicting events in a reading passage; and understanding figurative language. (Additional Lab Work Required)

 

EL 032: Writing III . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: EL 022 or appropriate score on placement test.

This High-Intermediate level course builds upon the writing skills presented in EL 022. Students practice creating effective topic sentences; editing paragraphs and essays for coherence, unity, and organization; writing about cause/effect and comparison/contrast relationships; using quotations, paraphrasing, and sensory details to support opinions; and editing for coherence. (Additional Lab Work Required)

Level IV (Advanced) 

EL 040: Speech for ESL Students . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: EL 030 or appropriate score on placement test.

This Advanced level course is the culmination of the ESL listening and speaking curriculum. Successful completion of this course enables students to better comprehend college-level listening and speaking tasks. Students practice participating in discussions and debates, making speeches, using idiomatic expressions, and utilizing voice intonation and inflection.

 

EL 041 Reading IV . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation)

Prerequisite: EL 031 or appropriate score on placement test.

This Advanced level course is the culmination of the ESL Reading curriculum. Successful completion of this course enables students to better comprehend college-level reading tasks. Students practice using vocabulary in context; recognizing main ideas; identifying suporting details; and understanding relationships that involve addition, time, examples, comparision, contrast, and cause/effect. (Additional Lab Work Required)

 

EL 042 Writing IV . . . 3 credits (does not count toward graduation) 

Prerequisite: EL 032 or appropriate score on placement test.

This Advanced level course is the culmination of the EL Writing curriculum. Successful completion of this course enables students to better accomplish college-level writing tasks. Students practice applying complex punctuation and grammar skills; developing reasoned paragraphs and essays; and eliminating sentence errors such as fragments, run-ons, and comma splices. (Additional Lab Work Required)